Planet Rugby

Sale bounce back in Leeds

22nd November 2009 16:51

Share:

Leeds v Sale stock

Struggling to break free: But Sale eventually managed to outrun Leeds

Sale recovered from a 14-3 half-time deficit to record a 24-17 victory over Leeds in the Guinness Premiership on Sunday.

Carl Fearns touched down with six minutes remaining to complete the remarkable second-half fightback and deny bottom club Leeds a first-ever win over their northern foes.

Leeds have been widely tipped to go straight back down but they are acclimatising to the demands of the Guinness Premiership and thoroughly outplayed Sale in the opening period.

Two converted tries from Lee Blackett and Scott Barrow gave the Yorkshiremen a deserved 14-3 interval advantage and put them on course for a second successive Premiership victory.

Fly-half Ceiron Thomas added a penalty to extend their lead shortly after the restart but Sale eventually woke up and tries from Ben Cohen and Richard Wigglesworth had them level just before replacement Fearns, 20, claimed the winning score in the 74th minute.

Tensions simmered throughout the match but Leeds showed far greater desire in the first half and Blackett's third-minute try set the tone for the opening 40 minutes.

After a fine kick into the right corner from Barrow, Leeds won the line-out and a neat short offload from former England scrum-half Andy Gomarsall sent Blackett darting over the whitewash.

Thomas defied the blustery conditions to land the conversion and Leeds had a platform on which to build.

The magnitude of the game was clearly not lost on either set of players and the sight of rival captains Dean Schofield and Marco Wentzel trading punches with each other in the eighth minute said everything.

The brawl quickly escalated as two more players joined in to throw a few digs at each other but eyebrows were raised when all four players escaped punishment.

Referee Chris White simply lectured Schofield and Wentzel and allowed play to continue.

The incident was indicative of the desire and commitment on display and Sale got themselves off the mark in the 16th minute with a fine long-range penalty from Charlie Hodgson.

In the 23rd minute, Sale number eight Sisa Koyamaibole's reckless high tackle on Leeds playmaker Thomas earned him 10 minutes in the sinbin.

Thomas could not convert the resultant penalty but Leeds continued to look far brighter than Sale, who showed next to nothing as an attacking force in the first half.

Hodgson missed a penalty from distance but the momentum remained largely with Leeds and they claimed their second try on the stroke of half-time.

Thomas' fine long offload found Barrow advancing at pace in the right channel and he evaded a couple of flimsy challenges to charge over the line.

Thomas added the conversion to give a thoroughly deserved 14-3 advantage at the break and then landed another three-pointer six minutes after the restart.

Tempers flared again soon after when Sale hooker Marc Jones and Leeds flanker Calum Clark were shown yellow cards for fighting with each other and Hodgson then missed a routine penalty.

However, the Sale playmaker was prominent in a move which stretched Leeds' defence on he hour and culminated in Cohen touching down for a try which Hodgson converted.

Six minutes later, Sale were level when Wigglesworth waltzed clear and Hodgson converted to tie the scores at 17-17 before Fearns burrow his way over from a scrum and Hodgson again added extras to give Sale a fine victory.

The scorers:

For Leeds:
Tries: Blackett, Barrow
Cons: Thomas 2
Pen: Thomas

For Sale:
Tries: Cohen, Wigglesworth, Fearns
Cons: Hodgson 3
Pen: Hodgson

Yellow cards: Koyamaibole (Sale, 20), Clark (Leeds, 50), Hinton (Sale, 50)

Leeds:Leeds:15 Leigh Hinton, 14 Richard Welding, 13 Seru Rabeni, 12 Scot Barrow, 11 Lee Blackett, 10 Ceiron Thomas, 9 Andy Gomarsal, 8 Alfie To'oala, 7 Hendre Fourie, 6 Kearnan Myall, 5 Marco Wentzel (C), 4 Erik Lund, 3 Peter Bucknall, 2 Vili Ma'asi, 1 Gareth Hardy.
Replacements: 16 Rob Rawlinson, 17 Tommy McGee, 18 Phil Swainston, 19 Jon Pendlebury, 20 Calum Clark, 21 Scott Mathie, 22 Henry Paul, 23 Jonny Hepworth.

Sale Sharks:15 Nick Macleod, 14 Ben Cohen, 13 Chris Bell, 12 Lee Thomas, 11 Marika Vakacegu; 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Richard Wigglesworth; 8 Sisaro Koyamaibole. 7 David Seymour, 6 Kristian Ormsby, 5 James Gaskell, 4 Dean Schofield (capt), 3 Jack Forster, 2 Marc Jones, 1 Eifion Roberts,
Replacements: 16 Neil Briggs, 17 Gavin Kerr, 18 Rob O'Donnell, 19 Sean Cox, 20 Carl Fearns, 21 Chris Leck, 22 David Bishop, 23 Ed Styles.

Referee: Chris White

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , September 21
Newcastle vs NorthamptonNewcastle vs Northampton Preview
Friday , September 26
London Welsh vs Gloucester19:45
Saturday , September 27
Saracens vs Sale15:00
Leicester vs London Irish15:00
Northampton vs Bath15:15
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
Rugby Championship
Saturday , September 27
South Africa vs Australia16:05
Argentina vs New Zealand23:10
More Rugby Championship fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Sunday , September 21
Ospreys vs EdinburghOspreys vs Edinburgh Preview
Friday , September 26
Edinburgh vs Scarlets19:35
Leinster vs Cardiff Blues19:35
Glasgow vs Connacht19:35
Saturday , September 27
Zebre vs Ulster15:00
Munster vs Ospreys18:30
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , September 27
Toulon vs Montpellier18:00
Stade Francais vs La Rochelle18:00
Oyonnax vs Clermont Auvergne18:00
Grenoble vs Racing Metro Paris18:00
Bayonne vs Toulouse18:00
Brive vs Bordeaux-Begles18:00
Lyon vs Castres18:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Currie Cup
Friday , September 26
Cheetahs vs Blue Bulls19:10
Saturday , September 27
Sharks vs Eastern Province Kings14:00
Pumas vs Western Province15:00
Griquas vs Lions15:00
More Currie Cup fixtures
ITM Cup
Sunday , September 21
Otago vs WaikatoOtago vs Waikato Preview
More ITM Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , September 20
Sale 46 - 8 London WelshSale vs London Welsh Report
Harlequins 26 - 23 WaspsHarlequins vs Wasps Report
London Irish 32 - 36 SaracensLondon Irish vs Saracens Report
Bath 45 - 0 LeicesterBath vs Leicester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Newport Gwent D'gons 13 - 33 GlasgowNewport Gwent D
Scarlets 43 - 0 Benetton TrevisoScarlets vs Benetton Treviso Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Racing Metro Paris 27 - 16 ToulouseRacing Metro Paris vs Toulouse Report
Grenoble 24 - 15 Bayonne
Clermont Auvergne 43 - 12 LyonClermont Auvergne vs Lyon Report
Montpellier 23 - 3 Stade FrancaisMontpellier vs Stade Francais Report
La Rochelle 26 - 29 Bordeaux-Begles
Castres 27 - 18 Oyonnax
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Western Province 36 - 12 GriquasWestern Province vs Griquas Report
Blue Bulls 15 - 26 SharksBlue Bulls vs Sharks Report
Eastern Province Kings 22 - 37 CheetahsEastern Province Kings vs Cheetahs Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Hawkes Bay 36 - 17 Bay Of Plenty
Auckland 32 - 7 North HarbourAuckland vs North Harbour Report
Manawatu 36 - 17 Southland
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 19
Gloucester 22 - 25 ExeterGloucester vs Exeter Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Munster 31 - 5 ZebreMunster vs Zebre Report
Connacht 10 - 9 LeinsterConnacht vs Leinster Report
Cardiff Blues 9 - 26 UlsterCardiff Blues vs Ulster Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Brive 13 - 53 ToulonBrive vs Toulon Report
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Lions 29 - 15 Pumas
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Counties Manukau 20 - 28 CanterburyCounties Manukau vs Canterbury Report
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Bath314
2Saracens313
3Exeter310
4Leicester Tigers39
5Harlequins38